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Spy satellite launch from Cape Canaveral rescheduled for Saturday due to weather conditions

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 18:16:18-04

A classified American spy satellite that was scheduled to launch Thursday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida has been rescheduled for Saturday at 1:51 p.m. ET. The launch was rescheduled due to weather conditions.

Florida Today reports the rocket has three core boosters put together — which may come in handy for the 15,000 pounds the spy satellite is speculated to weigh. 

Not much has been revealed about the satellite, but it's being guessed that it will fly 22,000 miles above the equator and eavesdrop down below. 

It may take a little longer than planned to get there though. According to WKMG, there's only a 40 percent chance of favorable weather during the scheduled launch window.

Whatever the National Reconnaissance Office plans to put into orbit must be pretty special, since the version of the rocket it commissioned from Boeing and Lockheed Martin has only flown eight times in the last 12 years. The Verge notes most of those eight flights have been for the NRO. 

This video includes clips from Florida TodayNASA and the National Reconnaissance Office. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.